As some of you may have gathered, I’ve been trying to spend a little more time behind the lens instead of in front of the stove these days.
Living in FL, it’s not so difficult to find beautiful things to photograph. This is just a small sample from the last few days.
I’ve always been fascinated with photography. Now, more so than ever.
I’m the annoying family member who snaps away at holiday gatherings and family get-togethers.
I do the same thing on vacations and then post and share my photos with everyone.
Nowadays, I also post on flickr, pinterest and facebook — and sometimes twitter and google! It’s getting hard to escape me.
But, it’s only until I started food blogging 4+ years ago that I started to get serious with what (and more importantly how) I was snapping.
I wanted to learn … to take technically better photos, to better style the food, to edit what I saw in the camera and afterwards in post production and to get more creative.
In 4 years, I bought 4 cameras. I finally went off ‘automatic or scene’ and tried to learn/understand settings, exposures, etc.
I took classes. First at Delray Center for the Arts which specializes in ‘creative’ photography, then I took a step back and tutored myself in technical aspects with online courses and a couple of night adult ed workshops. I even read the camera manual though my eyes blurred over.
I started using lightroom 4 for post production and fell in love with the ‘develop’ module.
A couple of months ago, I bought a DSLR (just an entry level Nikon with kit lens) and I registered again for an Art of Seeing course at the Center.
I have 2 fledgling photography blogs: Beyond My Glasses (which may not be what you think) and joannova.com which houses my 2 failed attempts at Project 365, my current going-strong-at-25-days 365 endeavor, and other assorted photo challenges and images.
I still have a lot to learn, I know … but I’m very enthusiastic. In fact, later today I’m joining a photography meet-up at the South Florida Fairgrounds and will try my luck at capturing images in that setting.
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